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Vikings' Everson Griffen thankful to make impact with pick-six

Griffen picked the pass off in the second quarter to give the Vikings a 24-7 on the way to a 36-22 win over the Rams.

Dilip Vishwanat

Everson Griffen had never picked off a pass in his three year NFL career prior to today. The defensive end out of USC made the most of his first one today though, taking a bad Sam Bradford pass to the house and giving the Vikings a 24-7 lead over the St. Louis Rams. The Vikings would go on to win the game and are just one spot out of the NFC Wild Card spots.

Griffen rumbled 29 yards for the second quarter touchdown. After the game, Griffen went up to Bradford and asked him about the pick with Bradford saying he thought Griffen would take the underneath route.

In speaking to reporters after the final whistle, Griffen did something most players who pick off passes never do: thank the guy who threw the ball.

I want to say, 'Thank you, Sam Bradford,'

The Vikings, in the middle of a playoff hunt, have two tough games remaining on their schedule: a visit to the Houston Texans and a home game against the Green Bay Packers.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.